Cool Motorcycle Roads
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GA. 197 - A Mellow Cruise

This 2 lane blacktop gently winds it's way north out of Clarkesville for about 37 miles to US 76. It works it's way through farmlands, heavily wooded areas and along Squee River, crossing it several times. This is a great entry into the mountains as it serves as a good warm up for the more twisting roads ahead. It also has very low traffic and beautiful scenery. About halfway you will pass Mark of the Potter, an old grist mill that has been turned into a store specializing in pottery. Everything is made on location and you can even watch their potters at work. Soft drinks are available as well. Further up the road you will skirt the edge of Lake Burton and pass Moccasin Creek State Park. Remember, when you see the sign "Dip In Road" slow down!. Sometimes it's dry and other times it can have a few inches inches of water running across the road. You can't tell until you get right on it.

197 Dead ends into US 76. Turning east (right) will take you to Clayton (about 17 miles). Turning west (left) takes you to Hiawassee (about 24 miles).

Clarkseville is located Southeast from Helen and directly east of Cleveland. It's about an hour and a half north of Atlanta. From Atlanta travel north on Interstate 85. Exit on 985 North. follow past Gainesville where 985 becomes 365. Follow signs to Clarkesville and 197.

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